rock·​hop·​per ˈräk-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce rockhopper (audio)
: a small penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) with a short thick bill and a yellow crest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Closely monitoring different penguin groups can reveal if certain types of population interferes with other penguins that are pushed out of their typical environment, like the vulnerable southern rockhopper penguin. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 29 July 2022 The center is the largest penguin facility in the world and is home to more than 75 king, rockhopper, macaroni, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2022 One southern rockhopper penguin at the St. Louis Zoo has an extra spring in his step these days. Kate Hogan,, 21 June 2021 Find more than 250 penguins from five different species (king, Gentoo, Adélie, chinstrap and rockhopper) inside the exhibit. Kathleen Christiansen,, 22 Apr. 2021 The northern rockhopper is only found on the Tristan da Cunha Islands, halfway between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021 Although Pierre loves his TV shows, the zoo is currently working with their international zoo colleagues to find a suitable, long-term home for him with other rockhopper penguins. Claudia Harmata,, 1 Sep. 2020 The zoo is working with its international colleagues so Pierre can find a new place to recover and make new rockhopper friends. Jennifer Hauser, CNN, 29 Aug. 2020 In one video, a rockhopper penguin named Wellington visits the aquarium's Amazon Rising exhibit, which features creatures from the Amazon River basin, the largest river system and rainforest on Earth. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rockhopper was in 1875

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Cite this Entry

“Rockhopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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